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Links à la Mode: May 29

May 31st, 2014

This was a nice surprise for my 27th birthday! Thank you, thank you, thank you IFB for choosing one of my posts on your weekly blogroll.  Please do check out other cool topics from the list of posts below!

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Style Secrets Revealed

There are so many “secrets” in the style industry. It’s all smoke and mirrors, or so they say. We’re here to put an end to that. As bloggers, we like to share those secrets often whispered between friends. No, not who you kissed at the party last night! What to pack on your trip, how to get your sunglasses fitted, what are the best pairs of black tights around, and heck, even compare your wardrobe to that of a woman living in the 1930′s.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

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Although I am girly in a lot of ways, I do admire masculinity in women. Masculinity gets a bad rep in some conservative and religious communities, but if you look at these women in the photos below there is no doubt they are female. With the overabundance of estrogen in food nowadays, women could use a bit more testosterone in their bodies to balance out our hormones!

As you know, Blue Crush the movie and Roxy ads have long set the stage for what surfer girls should look like, wearing tiny bikinis that don’t realistically stay in place when riding major waves! I still prefer the surfer look with scuba suits or separates on women as I do with men. The words “tough,” “hardcore,” “serious” and “legit” come to mind when I see surfers in full clothing. I take them a bit more seriously as I do with individuals in other competitive sports. I know that may sound judgmental, but we can’t deny the reality that the same kind of thinking applies to how customers and coworkers view clothing around the workplace. It’s hard wired into our brains.

Enjoy looking through photos of lovely and talented surfer gals below that the Beach Boys’ wouldn’t give a pass:

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Photo sources: Click on photos above to go directly to photographers’ websites

A few vintage photos of surfer girls are below, because I cannot help but post vintage photos of everything I talk about :)

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Below are a few of my favorite quirky modest bathing suits from ModestSea, which are perfect for the active swimmer or surfer. Even if you’re not usually covered up on the beach, it’s nice to have water repellant clothing that is not a raincoat. I find that the best material for my workout clothes are the type that swimsuits are made of, without actually wearing a swimsuit! Water resistant material doesn’t cling to  skin easily when sweaty and hides whatever bulge you may have! PS Don’t you think the model below looks a lot like Natalie Portman?

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ModestSea is having a 40% off pre-summer sale! Learn more from their Facebook

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What do you think about these swimsuits and swim dresses—yay or nay?

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Although I haven’t consumed a bottle of bubbly in a long time due to avoiding sugar, I can’t help but share these wonderful Art Nouveau advertisements from the 1890s-1910s! Most of these are by the iconic Alphonse Mucha and some are from other wonderful artists such as Henri Privat-Livemont (above photo). Which one is your favorite?

Liqueur Bottles and Ladies’ Bodies

I do like the fact that Mucha emphasizes curves all over on his models’ bodies, on most if not all of his artwork (not just the alcohol ads). They’re obviously not today’s ideal body standards. Looking through art history is a good reminder that all types of body shapes have once been the perfect body type. It is nice to see that these women’s bodies could belong to any one of us today! If you’d like to see the above photo in its full bodied, belly out glory, you may do so.

Sounds Français?

If the word “champagne” sounds French to you, that is because you are correct. Champagne is sparkling wine originating from the Champagne region in France. So, if it’s not from France, technically it shouldn’t be called champagne! However in recent days, we’ve used the words “sparkling wine” and “champagne” interchangeably.

Pros and Cons

Champagne and some other types of wines are actually somewhat Paleo or Bulletproof diet in nature, because they are not made from grains. It is definitely gluten free. Although there are many, many health benefits to drinking champagne as they say (as red wine due to its antioxidants), let’s not forget that it is still a fructose drink. Consuming a lot will spike the blood sugar and cause you to break out or weaken your immunity in general. It is fine however in occasion if your body has not been greatly compromised, especially while celebrating… Happy Memorial Day!

 

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I am wearing a vintage hat, face silhouette top that looks so pop art, and “Gucci” style purse which are all on my Etsy if you are interested in purchasing them! The high waist skirt with suspenders sown on is from SammyDress, and I love it! I can’t get enough of high waist skirts.

So last month, I got to see Casper and the Cookies along with my brother’s band Balkan Falcon at the Windup Space in Baltimore. Kay Stanton was wearing the shirt below.

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Look familiar? I asked her where she got hers from, and she said at a thrift store in CA. Ha! I told her I found mine at a thrift store as well. It was truly bizarre to see someone else wearing a rare vintage shirt I haven’t seen on anyone else! I told her I’d stop a stranger on the street if I saw someone wearing something I have (or like), which I have done before… So if you’re a size small/medium and want this top, head over to my Etsy!

Do check the Casper and the Cookies out. They are awesome. If you remember, I included them on my Valentine’s Day mix playlist with a few other bloggers a few years back! Add C&C’s Jason & Kay to your cutest-couples-in-bands-together list. They’ve been married since 2000. Hallelujah…

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I was surprised to see that the crappy quality video I uploaded on Youtube of my live teaching for Bodyflow three months ago has racked up 25K views and 130 subscribers! I’m only saying this because I rarely put up videos on Youtube (let alone check my statistics), and I was just really thrilled to see mostly the comments and e-mails requesting that I make more workout videos! I really appreciate your responses! heart emoticon

I am currently going through my Yoga Alliance certification, so I am hopefully in the near future be making my very own originally choreographed material (this time, not with Les Mills and with my very own choice of music) and putting them up freely on Youtube!

Do you have favorite workout channel(s) on Youtube, yoga or not? What are they? Do share!

 

 

 

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It’s wedding season, and I’ve got three weddings to attend this summer…phew! It just hit me that I don’t have any semi formal (or formal) dresses that are floor length. If you aren’t a diva on the red carpet or a Russian socialite, chances are you don’t have many of those types of dresses either.

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For me, here are some of the reasons why I personally don’t own any floor length and high neck gowns:

1. Hard to find long gowns that are within my budget. Not that more material to cover the skin equates to a higher price tag, because we all know that’s not always the case! It would make more sense, though.

2. Long and high neck gowns are not wearable casually or on more than one occasion. In other words, they are not that versatile. You can’t easily layer a fully covered gown that’s not a shell with another piece of clothing on top and make it something else. For instance, I could easily transform my tunic or a short dress into a shirt by tucking in. You can’t do that with a long gown.

3. Modestly made gowns are often too medieval looking for my taste. Don’t get me wrong. I love vintage, but I don’t like frump.

4. More material on a piece of clothing automatically makes you think of being warm. Not hot, in the shallow sense of the word. Since prom and most weddings happen when the weather gets warm, you want to feel cool in your semi formal attire.

 

So to summarize it for many gals, long and high neck gowns are either too expensive, non versatile, frumpy, too warm—or a combination.

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However, if you’ve got an eye for style and know that conservatism (modest but not necessarily minimalist) doesn’t always mean frumpy, then you know that long and high neck gowns can be just as or even more attractive on a woman’s physique!

The Oscars type gowns don’t always have to be that expensive that only a Hollywood actress can afford it either. There are non high end brands that are very affordable.

As far as being warm in long and high neck gowns, there are dresses that are made to be breathable and light weight enough to be worn in the summer!

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Just take a look below at some of my personal picks from Victoria’s Dress. They are breath taking! Looking for Long Prom Dresses? Which one is your favorite?

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If I could do it all over again, I’d definitely pick from these if I was looking for Cheap Prom Dresses!

 

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RANDOM QUESTION: Who among you follow a certain faith (non-Hindu) and practice yoga? Has yoga affected your faith in any way?

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Summer is Coming

For those of us who love summer… getting ready for the vacations, the travel, the cut-off shorts… is almost just as fun as the actual summer months. This week we have a fantastic roundup of everything you need to know to get ready for summer. Purging your closet, getting festival ready, getting your nails all done and so much more. So grab your iced coffee and cozy up, these links are fantastic!

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

SPONSOR: East Dane Sale Salvatore, C of H Man, Maxi Dresses, & Belts, SoulCycle, Men’s Raybans, 11Paris, Svensson, Yumi Kim, DWP & thom browne

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I was kindly invited to be part of the VIP list for Boulevard of Chic’s first ever fashion mobile boutique event in Baltimore, Maryland last Saturday (April 26). Just like they have food truck events in cities, BOC decided that there must be one for fashionistas as well! Vendors from all over Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. gathered together to serve a menu full of sugar, spice, and everything nice. It was a lot of fun getting to know our local stores and supporting them—most of them are extremely down to earth! Get to know some of them below, and hopefully you will see many of them back on À LA MODEST in the near future!

Were you at Boulevard of Chic this year or are local to the greater Baltimore area? Would love to connect with you! Leave me a comment!

If you weren’t there, do you have a similar fashion event in your area?

What do you like most about these events—collaborating/networking, shopping, or talking with fellow enthusiasts?

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Above: A bunch of goodies, flyers, and business cards I collected from the event

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Above left: Ramp of Side Dish mobile fashion truck  | Above right: Inside Pichardo Boutique mobile fashion truck boulevard of chic baltimore fashion truck maryland md 2014

Above: Side Dish fashion mobile truck featuring exquisite jewelry from Ability by Alyssa

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Above: Love the retro truck wrap design on The Thread Truck

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Above: The long lashes of Curvy Chic Chariot‘s fashion mobile truck

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Above: Yummy looking truck by  Street Boutique

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Above: So much passion put in for Passionista Fashion Truck

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Above left: Urban Pearl Boutique fashion mobile truck  |  Above right: Found Wanderer by Kacey (crystals!)

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Above: Yummy Bags4U and Akos’ handmade ethnic jewelry display is on Etsy

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Above left: Nail concoctions of Underground Nail Queenz (U.G.N. Queenz)  |  Above right: Satiny smooth rainbow lipsticks of Lips by Jhay

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Above: Although not about fashion, it was nice to see another yogini at Sid McNairy Power Vinyasa‘s booth.

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Above: Founder of Sashka Co. Bracelets, Christopher Knipp is showing off his waterproof fair trade Nepalese glass bead bracelets. He was kind enough to give me a pretty mint, white, and gold bracelet. I will be sure to wear it in one of my outfit posts. Thank you!

Vendors at this year’s Boulevard of Chic event:

Side Dish
Ability by Alyssa
Street Boutique
Urban Pearl
Curvy Chic Chariot
Hobo The Original
The Thread Truck
Pichardo Boutique
Tin Lizzy
Passionista Fashion Truck
Midnite Confections Cup-cakery
Rena’s Corner Kitchen
Loving my Lashes
IT WORKS wrap
Sashka Co. Bracelets
Mary Kay
Initals INC.
Passion Parties
Thirty-One Gifts
Jamberry Nails
Yummy Bags4U
Sweet Minerals
Underground Nail Queenz
Found Wanderer By Kacey
Mataki Bath and Body
Lips by Jhay
Origami Owl
Sid Yoga
Café Euro
Shoe Chique
Pole Pressue
Umbrella Syndicate

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